Dutch National Opera

Opera
Amsterdam - Dutch National Opera
Next performance: Th 05 Sep 2019, 20:00
Opera
Amsterdam - Dutch National Opera
Next performance: Th 03 Oct 2019, 19:00
Dance
Amsterdam - Dutch National Opera
Next performance: Tu 15 Oct 2019, 20:15
Opera
Amsterdam - Dutch National Opera
Next performance: Sa 16 Nov 2019, 18:00
Opera
Amsterdam - Dutch National Opera
Next performance: Tu 03 Dec 2019, 20:00
Opera
Amsterdam - Dutch National Opera
Next performance: Tu 14 Jan 2020, 19:00

Dutch National Opera & Ballet is a young theatre with a long history. The plans for building a new theatre ran parallel to the plans for a new city hall. The first discussions held by the Amsterdam city council about building a new city hall and opera house go back to 1915. At that time, the plans were specifically for an opera house, since ballet was a relatively unknown art form back then.


Ideas for the site of the new city hall and opera house were continually changing, and the idea that both buildings could form a single complex only emerged much later. Sites considered for the new city hall were initially the Dam, followed by the Frederiksplein and finally the Waterlooplein.


In 1955, the city council commissioned the firm of architects Berghoef and Vegter to draft a design for a city hall on the Waterlooplein. The draft was approved, but in 1964 the council ended the association with the architects, as the final design was nothing like the original plans they had been shown. In 1967, a competition was held for a new design, with the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer emerging as the winner. Amsterdam's financial problems, however, meant that the plans for the new city hall were put on hold for several years.


The plans for the site of the opera house also made a tour around the city: the Museumplein, Frederiksplein, Waterlooplein, Ferdinand Bolstraat and finally once again the Waterlooplein. For a while there was even talk of a mobile opera house.